THE
OKLAHOMA
REVIEW

Volume 8 | Issue 1 | Spring 2007




Poetry    
 




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Janet Butler
          

Death in the Mountains          


LeAnna Covalt              
A Few Days after Your Fiftieth Birthday
         
          Pagosa Springs                


Roger Jones            
Long Ago Dream of a Bad Love Affair          
Coming Attractions, 1960          
   


Jason W. Selby            
      Love in the Time of Colonialism         



Noel Sloboda          
Surfaces
          
Cuts Uncruel
         


           tolbert            
           ghosts          
laughter       
 


Anne Whitehouse         
Blessings IX         
Curses II
               








Noel Sloboda

Salesman of the Quarter

Honor held little allure
    for Darrell: time away
from the road he could
    ill afford at the end
of the month.  But
    corporate called
and he knew he had to
    go downtown. 

Not at first knowing
    what to make
of the certificate
    embossed, marking
dates of distinction, he was 
    sure the credential must be
concealed from fish leery
    of artful baiters.

Dreaming of a hiding place
    he worked on
something new
    for tomorrow, a hook
inside his head
    that never came.  After
the party characters danced
    on the award.

Something clicked
    as he popped the paper
from its golden frame
    created scraps.  Clasping
quarter out of sight
    on cold calls, he thought
about what it said
    what he was worth.

 


       


    


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